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On August third, 1492, Christopher
Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage
that took him to the present-day Americas.
On this date:
In 1914, Germany declared war on France.
In 1923, Calvin
Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president
of the United States, following the death of
Warren G. Harding.
In 1936, the State
Department urged Americans in Spain to leave
because of that country's civil war.
In 1949, the
National Basketball Association was formed.
In 1958, the
nuclear-powered submarine "Nautilus"
became the first vessel to cross the North Pole
In 1980, closing
ceremonies were held in Moscow for the 1980
Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by
dozens of countries, including the United States.
In 1981, US air
traffic controllers went on strike, despite a
warning from President Reagan they would be
In 1988, the
Soviet Union released Mathias Rust (muh-TEE'-uhs
rust), the young West German pilot who had landed
a light plane in Moscow's Red Square in May 1987.
In 1993, the
Senate voted 96-to-3 to confirm Supreme Court
nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In 1994, Stephen
G. Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Court's
newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief
Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer
Ten years ago: A
day after Iraq invaded Kuwait, thousands of Iraqi
soldiers pushed to within a few miles of the
border with Saudi Arabia, heightening world
concerns that the invasion could spread.
Five years ago: A
Palestinian, Eyad Ismoil, was flown to the United
States from Jordan to face charges he'd driven a
bomb-laden van into New York's World Trade
Center. (The 1993 explosion killed six people and
injured more than one-thousand; Ismoil is serving
a life sentence.)
One year ago:
Congressional Republicans, shrugging off a
presidential veto threat, nailed down the details
of an agreement for a ten-year, $792 billion tax
cut. Arbitrators ruled the government had to pay
the heirs of Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder
$16 million for his movie film that captured the
assassination of President Kennedy. The first
issue of Talk magazine hit newsstands.
started out he didn't know where he was going;
when he got there he didn't know where he was;
and when he got back he didn't know where he had